São Paulo Travel Guide
Brazil’s most recognized jeweler specializes in local gemstones, most notably the bluish tourmaline, a stone commonly found throughout Minas Gerais in Brazil’s interior. It’s also a smart spot to pick up a high-end watch that won’t require a second mortgage.
In the evening, "urban bossa" and other live music entertains an energetic crowd .
Years as agent: 12. Other Specialties: Brazil, El Salvador, Amazon River cruises. Consulting fee: $350.
This Sao Paulo-based boutique travel agency specializes in custom luxury itineraries from Bahia to the Amazon. Robert Betenson is an invaluable local resource for everything from locating the perfect pousada in Fortaleza to gallery hopping in Caruaru and finding secret beaches in Natal.
This small artistic shop features a rotating selection of colorful wearable art and kitschy home wares, preserved in resin.
Colorful, boho- chic dresses and tunics are displayed on luggage trolleys at Brazilian designer Adriana Barra’s new flagship store, in Jardins. Barra also creates the vivid prints for the home-furnishings collection on the second floor.
Quality condiments like artisanal tapenades and high-end cachaças, Brazil’s sugar cane–based firewater, as well as sustainable handbags from Mãos Brasil, top the duty-free goods at this Brazil-only shop.
The 25,000-square-foot store is the city’s gargantuan temple of chic - dealing in everything from cars to carry-alls.